Vigour not duration of exercise promotes longer life

A study conducted among cyclists in Copenhagen shows it’s the relative intensity and not the duration of cycling which is of most importance in reducing the risk of early death.

The study concluded that men with fast intensity cycling survived 5.3 years longer, and men with average intensity 2.9 years longer than men with slow cycling intensity.

For women the figures were 3.9 and 2.2 years longer, respectively. The groups were adjusted for differences in age and conventional risk factor levels.

Current recommendations prescribe that every adult should accumulate 30 minutes or more of moderate physical activity in leisure time, preferably every day of the week. The optimal intensity, duration and frequency still have to be established.

Read more at European Society of Cardiology